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Fridge Brilliance

  • In Deus Ex, what will normally incapacitate a mook will kill JC. At first I thought it was because they are lazy, but I then realized that the UNATCO made it so that if he is incapacitated, he activates a pseudo killswitch which will have himself self terminate if he is involuntarily incapacitated.
    • I always thought of it as seeing that if you pass out in enemy territory, it is just shorthand for saying that the enemies would have finished you off when you were out. Although the puddle of blood under you would support your theory...
    • Also, his Hyperactive Metabolism means that the bronchitis caused by prolonged exposure to the tear gas manifests much more quickly than was intended, since the nano augs process certain things quicker. This also means it can directly affect JC and prolonged exposure can lead to death.
  • In Deus Ex, you always open to a particular section of a book, even when it's closed, and typically to the pages most pressing to current events, or the ones that are most contemplatitively philosophical. For example, behind the Clerk's desk in the 'Ton Hotel, there is a copy of G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday, and you open to a discussion of political and philosophical anarchy. You might think "Well, why do we open to that page instead of any particular other?" Because, being the erudite Super-Soldier that he is, JC opens directly to the section that interests him.
    • It's also possible that JC isn't actually READING the physical object, but rather seeing its name, and basically Googling it to find choice passages and famous lines, in the same way that he can look at a newspaper but only read one article. Maybe JC's augmentations are showing him the most relevant, current, or important articles, and in terms of books, entire passages that may be fitting to the current moment, hence why looking at the same book again and again will only ever show one passage. JC isn't actually reading it, his augmentations have simply scanned the internet for a famous part to summarise it.
    • Or, much simpler, that page specifically had been bookmarked by whoever was reading it and JC just opened the book on the bookmarked page.
  • In the beginning, Paul will scold you if you choose to mainly fight your way through Liberty Island, which makes sense as he's a firm believer in Thou Shall Not Kill. It later makes even more sense because those were his men you killed.
    • References to Paul's duplicity can be found around this time too, as in Hell's Kitchen he urges JC to use a non-lethal approach, as well as giving UNATCO soldiers, supposedly his own men, non-lethal gas grenades to use against the NSF.
    • If Paul is tricked into fighting the NSF soldiers (by manipulating the aggro to make him get shot), he'll exclusively use a stun rod against all of the soldiers despite being pumped full of lead.
  • Why does Walton Simons's voice always sound like he's five seconds away from falling asleep? As the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he would of course want to have a reassuring voice, false as that reassurance may be.
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Fridge Logic
  • The intro sequence gives us a snapshot of the recent terrorist attack on the Statue of Liberty, where the first level will take place. One of the men gives us this information:
    Walton Simmons: The secondary unit (referring to JC Denton) should be online soon. He's currently undergoing preparations and will be operational within six months.
    • Why is this Fridge Logic? The idea is that six months pass between the intro and the first mission. This is further reinforced by Page mentioning that Simmons' appointment to FEMA will soon be finalised whereas in the game, he is already the head of FEMA.
    • Not the original troper, but it doesn't make that much sense because... even if they want the secondary unit to take the Statue for them, why wait 6 months until he's activated? That means 6 months where UNATCO is essentially under siege (and thus a Majestic 12 base as well).
    • I believe that the attack referenced in the intro isn't the current attack where the terrorists stole the vaccine but the earlier one mentioned by multiple characters throughout the game, namely the bombing of the statue. This can be seen in the first level where the head and torch of the statue have been turned into a kind of memorial and it's even implied that it was the government that bombed the statue so they could use the island as a base for UNATCO.
    • You can find the script for the intro in the cache of design documents that were released online. The opening movie is supposed to end with a black screen with the the text "Six months later..." There has been much discussion over why that text isn't in the game.